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About Dr. Abe

Dr. Abe graduated from Dental School in Hokkaido, Japan
in 1984. After dental school, she enrolled in the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery department at Sapporo Medical School. Dr. Abe received training not only in extractions and minor surgeries such as cyst removal, frenulectomy and implants, but also head and neck reconstruction, trauma
and deformity of oral lesions.

After completing her course work at Sapporo Medical School, Dr. Abe moved to Tokyo and continued her training in oral surgery by focusing on medically compromised patients. After seven years of practice in Japan, Dr. Abe was presented with an opportunity to expand her dental career by traveling to the United States, where she observed in the periodontology department at Oregon Health Sciences University (1992). Following this experience, Dr. Abe decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania to obtain a U.S. degree. This was followed by a Dental Anesthesiology residency at MetroHealth Medical center in Cleveland, Ohio. After a year of training in dental anesthesiology, in 1997 Dr. Abe returned to Portland, Oregon to practice. She spent seven years practicing oral surgery for two local dental providers, traveling to multiple offices within the Portland, Salem and Albany communities. She opened her own private practice, Abe Dental, in the Vermont Hills Shopping center in 2005.

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What We Do

Here at Abe Dental we provide an impressive array of services and procedures. Click on each category to expand a full list of corresponding procedures.

Advanced Technology

  • 3D-Imagery
  • 3D Imagery

    “Cone Beam Computerized Tomography” is a technology that is considered by some to be the standard of care where 3D imaging is necessary in dentistry. This technological leap allows practitioners to gain immediate access to accurate 3D images of anatomical structures, which often are critical to precise diagnoses, more effective treatment planning, reduced need for exploratory procedures; improved treatment predictability; reduced morbidity; and potentially lowered cost and time savings.

    While oral health professionals have long relied on 2D imaging for diagnosis and treatment planning, this
    technology typically requires multiple exposures and, with them, multiple doses of radiation.

    With a properly prescribed 3D scan, practitioners have gained the ability to collect much more data – often
    with a single scan and potentially with a lower effective patient dose- and far less radiation compared with a
    medical CT scan.

    Our Cone Beam CT Scan accommodates standing or seated patients, including wheelchair patients, of
    varying body types and sizes.

  • X-ray Education
  • X-ray Education

    Many diseases of the teeth, jaw bone, and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth. A CT Scan/X-ray examination may reveal:

    • small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
    • bone atrophy, infections in the bone
    • periodontal (gum) disease
    • abscesses or cysts
    • developmental abnormalities
    • some types of tumors

    CBCT is a technology that is considered by some to be the standard of care where 3D imaging is necessary in dentistry. This technological leap allows practitioners to gain immediate access to accurate 3D images of anatomical structures,
    which often are critical to precise diagnoses, more effective treatment planning, reduced need for exploratory procedures; improved treatment predictability; reduced morbidity; and potentially lowered cost and time savings.
    While oral health professionals have long relied on 2D imaging for diagnosis and treatment planning, this technology typically requires multiple exposures and, with them, multiple doses of radiation.
    With a properly prescribed 3D scan, practitioners have gained the ability to collect much more data – often with a single scan and potentially with a lower effective patient dose- and far less radiation compared with a medical CT scan.
    Our Cone Beam CT Scan accommodates standing or seated patients, including wheelchair patients, of varying body types and sizes.

    When a CT Scan/Panoramic Xray is not necessary for diagnostic purposes, we also take digital Periapical X-rays to show the full root of a particular tooth, the apex of the tooth and the end of the root of the tooth.

    How do dental X-rays compare to other sources of radiation?

    We are exposed to radiation every day from various sources, such as frequent airplane travel at high altitudes, minerals in the soil, and appliances in our homes (like smoke detectors and television screens).

    Why we chose digital imaging

    The technique uses less radiation than the typical X-ray
    There is no wait time for the X-rays to develop. The images are available on a screen a few seconds after being taken.
    The image taken, of a tooth for example, can be enhanced and enlarged many times it’s actual size on the computer screen, making it easier for Dr. Abe to show you where and what the problem is.
    If necessary, images can be electronically sent to your general dentist for direct Dr. to Dr. communication.

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Regeneration
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Regeneration Using Your Own Blood

    It is simply intuitive to work with your own body to help process the regeneration of loss of bone and tissue. Cellular regeneration starts with using the components of your own protein found in blood, and we turn these proteins into membrane, and use the growth factor during bone graft placement, bone augmentation, and implant placement.

    The process harnesses the healing powers of growth factors contained in the platelets within your blood,
    speeding up the healing process and aiding your optimum oral surgery results, fostering new bone
    synthesis and the repair of soft tissue in surgical sites.

    The process in which we draw and concentrate your platelet rich plasma, is FDA-approved for cellular
    regeneration, and has virtually no risk of an allergic reaction.

    The entire process is simple and only takes about 20-30 minutes:

    • First, we collect a small amount of blood
    • Then, we concentrate the platelets using centrifugation, we stimulate these proteins and we divide and obtain the high concentrations of your plasma rich platelets
    • Finally, Dr, Abe places the PRGF membrane or plasma rich bone graft in the surgical site

Dental Implants

  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Implants

    Dental Implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacing teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

    A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

    What is a dental implant?

    Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as root substitutes, which are surgically placed into the area where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants are stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

    Why restore with Dental Implants?

    There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of adjacent healthy teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing. Most patients find proper hygiene very difficult with bridges and dentures. Since bridges and dentures do not stimulate the jawbone, it melts away over time leading to changes in your natural facial contours. Dental implants allow you to maintain your existing bone and smile with confidence.

    Special Care

    Once the implants are in place and with proper care, they will serve you well for many years. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dentist.

  • Sinus Lifts
  • Sinus Lifts

    With age and tooth loss, the upper jawbone shrinks and the sinus enlarges. This often makes a patient a poor implant candidate. The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. These are air-filled spaces that everyone has. Often the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. Often the remaining bone is not enough to stabilize a dental implant.

    There is a solution and it’s called a sinus graft or sinus lift graft. Dr. Abe carefully enters the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is then gently lifted upward and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus. Keep in mind that the floor of the sinus is the roof of the upper jaw. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone.

    If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for at least 6 months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.

  • Implant System: Astra, Zimmer, Nobel Care
  • Implant System: Astra, Zimmer, Nobel Care

    Dental Implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacing teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

    A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

    What is a dental implant?

    Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as root substitutes, which are surgically placed into the area where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants are stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

    Why restore with Dental Implants?

    There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of adjacent healthy teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing. Most patients find proper hygiene very difficult with bridges and dentures. Since bridges and dentures do not stimulate the jawbone, it melts away over time leading to changes in your natural facial contours. Dental implants allow you to maintain your existing bone and smile with confidence.

    Special Care

    Once the implants are in place and with proper care, they will serve you well for many years. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dentist.

Extractions

  • Extractions
  • Extractions

    Dr. Abe has extensive training and experience in all varieties of extraction, ranging from simple to complicated.

  • Wisdom Teeth
  • Wisdom Teeth

    The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

    These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Oral Surgery and Pathology

  • Orthodontics: Exposure and Bracketing
  • Exposure and Bracketing

    It is not uncommon for both of the maxillary cuspids to be impacted. In these cases, the orthodontist will prepare space on both sides of the dental arch simultaneously. When sufficient space has been established, Dr. Abe will expose and bracket teeth in one visit.

    Surgical exposure and bracketing impacted teeth to aid eruption is a very common procedure with an extremely high success rate. Surgical exposure of impacted teeth can be performed with complete comfort in our office under proper sedation.

  • Bone Grafts
  • Bone Grafts

    Bone loss can occur in the upper and lower jaws for several reasons.

    Localized bone loss often occurs around diseased teeth due to periodontal (gum) disease, fractured teeth, previous extractions, traumatic injuries, pathology and dental infections. In addition, over a period of time the jawbone associated with the missing teeth atrophies (bone resorption/shrinks). This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone, unsuitable for placement of dental implants. In some cases, large defects of jaw bone may require major bone grafting. In the past, patients with significant bone loss were not candidates for placement of dental implants. Today, with Dr. Abe’s advanced training and experience, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance. Dr. Abe will review all available options with you.

  • Tissue Grafts
  • Tissue Grafts

    A free gingival graft is a dental procedure where a small layer of tissue is removed from the palate of the patient’s mouth and then relocated to the site of gum recession. It is sutured (stitched) into place and will serve to protect the exposed root as living tissue. The donor site will heal over a period of time without damage. This procedure is often used to increase the thickness of very thin gum tissue.

    Connective-tissue grafts. This is the most common method used to treat root exposure. During the procedure, a flap of skin is cut at the roof of your mouth (usually palatal) and tissue from under the flap, called subepithelial connective tissue, is removed and then stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root. After the connective tissue — the graft — has been removed from under the palatal flap, the flap is stitched back down.

  • CBCT Technology
  • CBCT Technology

    Many diseases of the teeth, jaw bone, and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth. A CT Scan/X-ray examination may reveal:

    • small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
    • bone atrophy, infections in the bone
    • periodontal (gum) disease
    • abscesses or cysts
    • developmental abnormalities
    • some types of tumors

    CBCT is a technology that is considered by some to be the standard of care where 3D imaging is necessary in dentistry. This technological leap allows practitioners to gain immediate access to accurate 3D images of anatomical structures,
    which often are critical to precise diagnoses, more effective treatment planning, reduced need for exploratory procedures; improved treatment predictability; reduced morbidity; and potentially lowered cost and time savings.
    While oral health professionals have long relied on 2D imaging for diagnosis and treatment planning, this technology typically requires multiple exposures and, with them, multiple doses of radiation.
    With a properly prescribed 3D scan, practitioners have gained the ability to collect much more data – often with a single scan and potentially with a lower effective patient dose- and far less radiation compared with a medical CT scan.
    Our Cone Beam CT Scan accommodates standing or seated patients, including wheelchair patients, of varying body types and sizes.

    When a CT Scan/Panoramic Xray is not necessary for diagnostic purposes, we also take digital Periapical X-rays to show the full root of a particular tooth, the apex of the tooth and the end of the root of the tooth.

    How do dental X-rays compare to other sources of radiation?

    We are exposed to radiation every day from various sources, such as frequent airplane travel at high altitudes, minerals in the soil, and appliances in our homes (like smoke detectors and television screens).

    Why we chose digital imaging

    The technique uses less radiation than the typical X-ray
    There is no wait time for the X-rays to develop. The images are available on a screen a few seconds after being taken.
    The image taken, of a tooth for example, can be enhanced and enlarged many times it’s actual size on the computer screen, making it easier for Dr. Abe to show you where and what the problem is.
    If necessary, images can be electronically sent to your general dentist for direct Dr. to Dr. communication.

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Regeneration
  • Using your own Blood

    It is simply intuitive to work with your own body to help process the regeneration of loss of bone and tissue
    Cellular regeneration starts with using the components of your own protein found in blood, and we turn these proteins into membrane, and use the growth factor during bone graft placement, bone augmentation, and implant placement.

    The process harnesses the healing powers of growth factors contained in the platelets within your blood, speeding up the healing process and aiding your optimum oral surgery results, fostering new bone synthesis and the repair of soft tissue in surgical sites.

    The process in which we draw and concentrate your platelet rich plasma, is FDA-approved for cellular regeneration, and has virtually no risk of an allergic reaction.

    The entire process is simple and only takes about 20-30 minutes:

    • First, we collect a small amount of blood
    • Then, we concentrate the platelets using centrifugation, we stimulate these proteins and we divide and obtain the high concentrations of your plasma rich platelets
    • Finally, Dr, Abe places the PRGF membrane or plasma rich bone graft in the surgical site
  • Biopsy and Pathology
  • Biopsy

    The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

    • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
    • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
    • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.
    • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
    • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

    These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

    We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores.

    Please contact us at 503-297-4102